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The Creative Arts Club will be running an Animals and Nature Week Workshop for February half term, calling on youngsters to join them on a creative wildlife expedition!

They’ll be diving into the natural world at The Royal Geographical Society, where children will gather images and facts to work with during the week. Exploring the natural world through a creative lens, children will learn about different artists and techniques using collage, print, drawing, found objects and photos, and then creating their own masterpieces.

Creative Arts Club

At the end of the week, each child will bring home their own body of work which will include experimental prints, paintings and drawings, as well as a handmade tote bag and a collectors collage in a 3D box frame.

Half term workshops

The workshop is aimed at children aged 5 to 7 years old, and is run from 9am to 12pm each day with drop off and pick up in Notting Hill.

The workshop costs £225 for the week – £45 per day – and includes all materials.

To book, please email info@thecreativeartsclub.com or call 020 7205 2621.

Take a look at the Creative Arts Club’s holiday workshops page – www.thecreativeartsclub.com/holiday-workshops – for more details on this workshop and others that they’re running for the Easter Holidays and summer half term.

The Creative Arts Club, who are based in Notting Hill, also run a variety of themed parties, events and workshops that encourage creativity in children and help bring out their artistic creativity. They believe that there are lifetime benefits in developing the imagination and creative talents of children, who thrive when they are doing activities they enjoy and, as they discover their own potential, become increasingly passionate and motivated.

Animals and Nature Week Workshop
9am to 12pm every day, Monday 16th – Friday 20th February 2015
www.thecreativeartsclub.com

Farmival comes to Meanwhile Gardens, W10 this Saturday!  The one-day festival – now in its second year – will see live music, food growing workshops, seedling giveaways, kids’ craft activities, food and drink (including London brewed beers, international street food, and locally grown herbal teas and cupcakes) and tours of Meanwhile Gardens’ rooftop growing space…and more!

Farmival 2013

This not-for-profit event is being hosting by Farm the City London, a volunteer group who are based on Golborne Road, and is sponsored by the council’s Love Golborne fund as well as businesses and community groups. Money raised will be going towards new growing areas in West London, in particular for sites in the Golborne Ward in North Kensington which is rated the second most-deprived ward in London. Strummerville – the music charity set up by the friends and family of Joe Strummer, which offers support, resources and performance opportunities to artists that would not otherwise have access to these things – are one of Farmival’s supporters.

Farmival 2013 - The Earth
The Earth

One of the highlights of the day will be the band The Earth, who will be headlining the event. This Welsh band’s members aren’t new to the music scene at all, comprising of Mark Roberts of Catatonia, Dafyff Ieuan from Super Furry Animals, bassist Tristan Marley and Dionne Bennett from Peth. Expect super pop and funky bass, mixed in with psychedelic orchestral undertones.

Unplugged by the Pond Stage will be taking place from 3pm to 5.15pm, with acoustic sets, poetry and open mic sessions – swing by to sample some of the area’s finest unsigned singer-songwriters and spoken word artists.

You’ll be able to participate in plastic bottle greenhouse building at Farmival – walls, doors and roof panels made from bottles and locally grown bamboo will be used to create 100% recycled greenhouses that will go on to help grow seedlings and exotic plants.

Farmival workshop
Kids at a food workshop at last year’s event

Amongst the workshops, Growing Kultur will be showing festival-goers how to re-invent their skincare regime using ingredients normally found in the kitchen.

There will also an opportunity to learn how to repot seedlings into a big pot of organic compost with a homemade propagator – and with a seedling giveaway of a selection of winter greens by specialists Real Seeds, you can then use this knowledge at home!

Come along and join in the fun this Saturday at this FREE event!

More details on Farmival can be found at www.farmthecitylondon.com/festival or on their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/FarmTheCityLondon.

Farmival 2013
1pm – 7pm, Saturday 21st September 2013
Meanwhile Gardens
W10 5BN

David Lindo
Notting Hill-based author and broadcaster David Lindo is holding two great urban birding events in West London this Friday and Saturday.
Friday will see him take part in the Friends of Wormholt Park Weekend, leading a Kid’s Bird Walk with local schoolchildren to show them birds, nesting sites, bugs, creepy-crawlies and more. Taking place from 1pm to 3pm this is an open event, so anyone is free to join!
On Saturday, Mr Lindo will be hosting a presentation and book signing at the Idler Academy on Westbourne Park Road, and also taking participants on a bird watching tour of Notting Hill. Tickets for this event cost £12.50 and can be purchased direct from the Idler Academy. Drinks and nibbles will be available.
David Lindo, a Notting Hill resident, has just recently published his first book, The Urban Birder. Mr Lindo regularly features on BBC1’s The One Show and contributes a column to every issue of BBC Wildlife, Bird Watching and the RSPB’s Birds. He also has a lively and informative website (and blog) on bird watching which has a very dedicated following.
The Urban Birder covers much of David Lindo’s experiences in bird-watching (and more besides), from seeing Greylag Geese and Common Buzzards by Wormwood Scrubs, to being threatened by air-rifle toting youths and criminals, to his work on the Tower 24 project for Peregrine falcons to roost in. There is plenty for both keen bird-watchers and others amongst the adventures that Mr Lindo recaps in his book – humorous, surreal and bizarre – so do make sure to pick up a copy!
Kid’s Bird Walk
1pm – 3pm, Friday 9th September 2011
Wormholt Park, Shepherd’s Bush, W12 0JH

Urban Birding
12pm – 2pm, Saturday 10th September 2011
Idler Academy, 81 Westbourne Park Road, W2 5QH
More on David Lindo and his recently published book The Urban Birder can be found on his website: www.theurbanbirder.com